Methodological Considerations in the Study of Clinical Pain

  • N. Wells
Conference paper
Part of the Health Systems Research book series (HEALTH)


In all approaches to the study of human behavior, the elements of theory, methodology, and research activity are fundamentally interrelated. Theory gives order and insight to the research activity, while methodology leads to different features of this reality. Methodology forms a framework within which the answers to a research question are elicited. However, the methodology selected offers not only certain advantages but also limitations. This paper will address some of the methodological issues that arise when studying the effects of noninvasive techniques for the relief of acute surgical pain. Noninvasive techniques used in the clinical setting include cognitive distraction, relaxation, and imagery.


Postoperative Pain Noninvasive Technique Pain Sensation Money Demand Cross Modality Match 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Wells
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  1. 1.School of NursingUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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